Performance-based Planning Taking Shape

TMACOG and other metropolitan planning organizations are now required to include safety performance measures in transportation planning programs. First, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) set targets for safety measures, then state departments of transportation in Ohio and Michigan approved state targets. TMACOG has adopted the state targets for our metropolitan planning organization area in Lucas and Wood counties in Ohio and southern Monroe County, Michigan. Additional performance measures will be added in the categories of reliability and efficiency going forward.

The safety targets are annual goals for safety performance measures, including reduction in the number and rate of serious injuries and fatalities including vehicle and non-motorized injuries. That means that as project applications for the Transportation Improvement Program (the TIP) are evaluated, specific measures that are designed to improve safety will be weighed in that evaluation. Applications will receive “safety points” as their projects are scored.

Performance measurement is a key component of a performance and outcome-based program. The FHWA has determined that objectives-driven, performance-based planning will lead to better planning for operations. By defining measurable objectives, the most cost-effective and highest priority strategies can be identified, deployed, and tracked. See more about the performance measures plan here.

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